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Alun Evans

Alun Evans

Birthdate: 30 September 1949
Birthplace: Kidderminster, England
Other clubs: Wolverhampton Wanderers (1965-68), Los Angeles Wolves (loan 1967), Aston Villa (1972-75), Walsall (1975-78), South Melbourne Hellas (1978-82), Morwell Falcons (1983)
Bought from: Wolverhampton Wanderers
Signed for LFC: £100,000, 16.09.1968
Liverpool debut: 21.09.1968
Last appearance: 22.01.1972
Debut goal: 21.09.1968
Last goal: 03.11.1971
Contract expiry: 09.06.1972
Win ratio: 48.65% W:54 D:30 L:27
Games/goals ratio: 3.36
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 2 / 1
LFC league games/goals: 79 / 21
Total LFC games/goals: 111 / 33

Player profile

Evans had so much potential as a teenager but his career didn't reach the heights it was expected to. Ron Yeats had struggled to keep up with him when Liverpool met Wolves at Anfield on 25 November 1967. Evans scored Wolves' only goal in Liverpool's 2-1 victory. Liverpool had been linked to him on several occasions in the newspapers and Shankly and his scouts were quite visible at Wolves' reserve games but the Scot dismissed the rumours: 'They're very careless people who talk about these things.' A few months later Liverpool paid no less than £100,000 for the 19-year-old, making Evans Britain's most expensive teenager after he had only played one full season for Wolves in the First Division, scoring four goals in 20 games. Shankly had great belief in Evans' ability and compared him to Manchester United and Scotland star Denis Law.

Evans' start to his Liverpool career could hardly have been more sensational with a goal ten minutes into his debut at home to Leicester and then two more the following week as he returned to Molineux and helped destroy his former club 6-0. He played in every League game from his debut in September until the end of the season, contributing seven goals to a very successful team that was going through a transition. At the time he seemed the ideal candidate to be groomed as Roger Hunt's successor but he made a modest return again the following season, scoring nine times in 25 games. Most of those appearances came after Hunt had departed for Bolton and the expectation and responsibility seemed to weigh heavily on his young shoulders. Evans did make a bright start to the 1970/71 season with five goals in his first six games but after that things started to go wrong for the golden-haired handsome young boy who had the world at his feet. He was attacked in a nightclub in Wolverhampton that left him badly scarred in the face. To make matters worse he was also badly injured during a UEFA Cup game in Bucharest on 4 November 1970 and was out for four months. After such a lengthy lay-off many expected he would need a few games to regain his fitness. He came on as a substitute against Tottenham and then four days later on 10 March 1971 came his brightest moment in a Liverpool shirt when he scored a spectacular hat-trick against Bayern Munich at Anfield in the fourth round of the Fairs Cup. He scored three goals in 14 games to the end of the season including Liverpool's first in a 2-1 win over Everton in the FA Cup semi-final. He featured for 68 minutes in the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the final.

By the start of the 1971/72 season Evans was in his twenty-third year and the best he could achieve was to play in eight consecutive games from middle of October to the middle of November scoring two goals in the process. A new rising star by the name of Kevin Keegan was now on the scene. Evans' last appearance was ironically against his first club Wolverhampton at Molineux on 22 January 1972. In the summer Evans was transferred to Wolves' Midlands rivals Aston Villa who had just conquered Third Division. After 17 goals in 71 games for Villa, he left in the middle of the 1974/75 season for third division Walsall while Villa won promotion to First Division. He played 87 League games and scored seven goals for Walsall before transferring to South Melbourne in Australia in 1978 where he stayed for four years before moving to Morwell Falcons in the same league. After his career finished Evans moved back to Melbourne and settled there.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 79 11 7 13 1 111
1968-1969 33 4 1 1 0 39
1969-1970 19 2 1 3 0 25
1970-1971 21 4 3 6 0 34
1971-1972 6 1 2 3 1 13

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
6 Newcastle United
6 Leicester City
6 Arsenal
6 Tottenham
5 WBA
5 Chelsea
5 Coventry City
5 Wolves
4 West Ham United
4 Nottingham Forest
4 Everton
4 Burnley
4 Bayern Munich
3 Sheffield Wednesday
3 Manchester City
3 Stoke City
3 Ipswich Town
3 Manchester United
3 Leeds United
3 Southampton
2 Sunderland
2 Huddersfield Town
2 Derby
2 Ferencvaros
2 Crystal Palace
2 Mansfield Town
2 Dundalk
1 Vitoria Setubal
1 Servette
1 Oxford United
1 Swindon Town
1 Din. Bucharest
1 QPR
1 Athletic Bilbao
1 Doncaster Rovers
1 Blackpool
1 Hull City
1 Sheffield United
1 Watford
Total Started/substitutions
105 Started
2 On the bench
6 Substitute
7 Substituted
Total Competition
79 League
11 FA Cup
10 European Fairs Cup
7 League Cup
3 European Cup Winners Cup
1 Charity Shield

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 21 3 2 7 0 33
1968-1969 7 0 0 0 0 7
1969-1970 3 2 1 3 0 9
1970-1971 10 1 1 3 0 15
1971-1972 1 0 0 1 0 2

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Started/substitutions
30 Started
3 Substitute
Total Competition
21 League
6 European Fairs Cup
3 FA Cup
2 League Cup
1 European Cup Winners Cup
Total Goal minute period
2 1-15 minutes
9 16-30 minutes
3 31-45 minutes
2 46-60 minutes
10 61-75 minutes
6 76-90 minutes
1 91-120 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
33 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 21.09.1968 Leicester City Anfield League
50 16.02.1970 Newcastle United Anfield League
100 07.09.1971 Hull City Anfield League Cup

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 10 21.09.1968 Leicester City Anfield League

Related Articles

Evans On The Record, Thirty Years On

An interview from www.wolvesheroes.com with Alun Evans in May 2009.More

Liverpool v Leicester City: Classic Match

Written by Steve Horton on 20th September 2003. On Liverpool 4 - 0 Leicester City on 21 September 1968.More

Related Quotes

"I would have done exactly the same thing again. He was very cute for his age, he was quick and he was also very courageous. Everything was going well for him until he went home to Wolverhampton one weekend. He was sitting in a nightclub when there was an accident. He was hit in the face with a glass and very badly cut. That incident probably changed Alun's whole life. He had a great spirit but what happened retarded his career. We eventually transferred him to Aston Villa, which effectively meant he was going back home. Sometimes when a player leaves a club there are are sour grapes, but soon after I received a letter from Alun. It began: 'Dear Boss...' I was very pleased and proud that Alun had come to me for advice. That letter meant so much to me."

Bill Shankly didn't regret signing Alun Evans one second even though his Liverpool career didn't work out.

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Los Angeles Wolves 1967 NASL N/A N/A N/A N/A
Wolves 1967-1968 England First Division 20 4 20 4
Wolves 1968-1969 England First Division 2 0 2 0
Aston Villa 1972-1973 England Second Division 35 8 41 11
Aston Villa 1973-1974 England Second Division 27 3 31 4
Walsall 1975-1976 England Third Division 24 2 24 2
Walsall 1976-1977 England Third Division 24 1 28 1
Walsall 1977-1978 England Third Division 39 4 49 6
South Melbourne Hellas 1978-1982 Australia N/A N/A N/A N/A
Morwell Falcons 1983 Australia N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 171 22 195 28
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